Huawei made the Mate 10 Pro official nearly two months ago, but the phone still isn’t available in the United States. AT&T, though, is believed to be the country’s only carrier preparing to sell it. There’s just no real indication of when Huawei or AT&T will announce the Mate 10 Pro’s release date and price. Everyone’s been relying on leaks telling us that an AT&T-branded Mate 10 Pro is coming while not knowing anything about availability.
Leaked firmware surfaced a few weeks ago showing pre-installed apps and services from AT&T, and now we’re getting a look at the software on the carrier’s Mate 10 Pro.
According to XDA-Developers, the global model can use AT&T’s firmware without any problems. The publication installed the leaked firmware on a Mate 10 Pro sold outside the U.S. to discover both Wi-Fi calling and VoLTE on the carrier’s network work successfully. Bloatware also appeared in complete form, which is unsurprising since all U.S. carriers do so.
There wasn’t any workaround necessary. Since the bootloader remained locked for the firmware’s installation, the file is authentic and signed by Huawei. So there’s no longer any doubt that AT&T will sell the Mate 10 Pro at some point in the future.
The leaked firmware confirms that the AT&T-branded Mate 10 Pro is nothing more than a global model with carrier-guided changes. AT&T will also be in charge of approving and rolling out software updates.
When the Mate 9 was released in the U.S., Huawei waited to share availability until CES. If that’s what we’re going by, the Mate 10 Pro for AT&T will debut in just a few weeks. The trade show in Las Vegas starts in early January, and Huawei is believed to have a presence there. The difference between the Mate 10 Pro and Mate 9, however, will be carrier support. Not a single carrier offered the Mate 9 in the U.S., but Huawei appears to have fostered a relationship with at least AT&T to get its latest flagship onto a major carrier’s lineup.